Book of Samuel, Chapters 12-13a


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Book of Samuel, Chapters 12-13a

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1 Samuel 12 – 13a. Samuel's review of Israelite history to prove that God alone is the nation's savior and that establishing a centralized government creates a false impression that individual responsibility is transferred to government and thus no longer the obligation of the individual. Samuel emphasizes how government officials are still individuals, and that the fear of God and righteousness must be foremost in their minds, over an above, and and all governmental concerns. Saul is faced with a serious military threat, brought on by his son Jonathan. When faced with crises, Saul's acts as he sees fit, contradicting Samuel's spiritual directives. As such, Saul shows himself unworthy of being a leader, who, like all others is still subject to the higher authority of God.
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